This hearty, Asian-inspired stir-fry makes excellent use of leftover rice or quinoa. The addition of salmon, mixed mushrooms, spinach, and scallions makes this an unconventional, but mouthwatering, breakfast bowl. The fresh grated ginger brings warmth to the digestive system and increases circulation to get you out the door with some warm, healthy fuel to burn until lunchtime.

DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE, QUICK

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

1 cup mixed mushrooms (such as shiitake, oyster, and enoki), cleaned and coarsely chopped

1 bunch scallions (white and green parts), chopped

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, plus more for serving

5 ounces baby spinach

1 tablespoon water

2 cups cooked rice or quinoa

4 slices smoked salmon, slivered

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

1.Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat and add the oil.

2.Add the chopped mushrooms, scallions, and ginger to the pan, and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

3.Add the spinach to the skillet, along with the water. Cover until the spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir well.

4.Add the rice, salmon, sesame oil, and tamari. Stir to combine and heat through.

5.Divide into equal portions in four bowls. Add a little bit more freshly grated ginger on top, if desired.

MAKE-AHEAD TIP: This breakfast stir-fry is quick if you already have rice in the refrigerator, and sometimes it’s worth cooking a little extra at dinnertime to make that happen.

HERB PROFILE

GINGER

Fresh or ground dried rhizome (root)

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Avoid in pregnancy in more than culinary amounts

TASTE/ACTIVITY: PUNGENT/HOT/DRY

PROPERTIES: Antibacterial, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, aromatic carminative, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant

USES: Relieves bloating, nausea, vomiting, burping, flatulence, low-grade diarrhea, motion sickness, and nausea from chemotherapy or antibiotics; treats cold hands and feet; thins mucus in lungs and sinuses

SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS: Baking, infused honey, infused oxymel, infused syrup, infused vinegar, tea

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR: RELIEVING NAUSEA

Ginger is best known for its beneficial effects for the digestive system. It can relieve nausea in pregnancy or caused by motion sickness, chemotherapy, or antibiotic use. Pregnant women with morning sickness should use only fresh ginger slices for tea. (Dried ginger is used as an emmenagogue to bring on menstruation; use is not advised during the first trimester.)

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